OBERHOFEN, Switzerland (AP) — Gian Franco Kasper, who retired after 23 years as president of the International Ski Federation ultimate month, has died, the governing physique acknowledged on Saturday. He used to be 77.
The cause of Kasper’s death used to be no longer given.
He had no longer taken half in the FIS election assembly on June 4 that noticed Johan Eliasch elected as his successor.
“Factual days earlier to the congress Kasper … used to be admitted to the health center, the place aside he remained until he handed away on Friday night,” FIS acknowledged in a statement.
Kasper used to be praised by Eliasch for guiding FIS “from a small federation, to the undisputed leader in iciness sports, a testomony to his vision and work ethic.”
Eliasch additionally cited Kasper’s “understated nature and his like a flash wit.”
Kasper’s frank and most regularly indiscreet views made him stand out interior the International Olympic Committee, the place aside he used to be a member for 18 years and served in its govt board representing iciness sports.
His feedback in interviews on matters including climate swap, the value of corruption in organizing the 2014 Sochi Olympics and citing the Holocaust in the context of punishing Russian athletes for the state doping scandal all ended in clarifications.
Kasper, a Swiss former journalist and tourism legit from St. Moritz, worked for FIS for fair about 5 a long time.
He used to be the world ski physique’s general secretary from the 1970s until he used to be elected president in 1998.
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